Chevalier’s is honored to host, in collaboration with the LA Review of Books, an evening with author Darryl Pinckney. Please join us on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:00pm, for a reading and discussion to celebrate the release of Darryl’s new book Black Deutschland.
An intoxicating, provocative novel of appetite, identity, and self-construction, Black Deutschland tells the story of an outsider, trapped between a painful past and a tenebrous future, in Europe’s brightest and darkest city. Jed–young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago–flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits.
Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a previous novel, High Cotton (winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and two works of nonfiction, Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He is a recipient of the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for Distinguished Prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York.
We are so excited to work directly with LARB to bring unique voices like Darryl’s to our Larchmont community. Please join us for an in-depth and fascinating discussion with this talented writer!